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Date:  August 21, 2003

Location  West Eagle Loop Backpack - Day 2

Where:  West Eagle Creek to Traverse Lake


Jeanette on one of the 40 switchbacks to Echo Lake

Day 2 we were on the trail by 7:20 and glad to be ahead of the sun as we switch-backed up 1700 ft to Echo Lake. We plopped down on a slap of granite to catch our breath and take in the magnificent scenery. Fortified by some lunch we attached the next mile and a half and 200 ft of climb to Traverse Lake.

John crossing East Eagle Creek

Traverse Lake

We found a good camping area next to the outlet. Telltale circles on the lakes surface signaled to me that fish are feeding. Jeanette agreed to set up camp while I strung up my fly rod and start catching dinner! A group of 8 backpackers come past our campsite. They were the only people we would see on the entire 7 day loop.

Jim fishing at Traverse Lake
a brightly colored brook trout
Jim frying up trout for dinner